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Vetting Officer

NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS)
Job Category:
Defence, corrections & security
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

  •  Are you looking for a meaningful and rewarding career where you will make a tangible contribution to the security of New Zealand?
  • Do you want to work with a group of people who are passionate about protecting and advancing New Zealand's way of life? 

The New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) has a statutory mandate to conduct security vetting in New Zealand on behalf of all government agencies, and is currently recruiting for full time Vetting Officers. We are looking for professional individuals who have excellent interpersonal skills and a good range of life experience. 

The role of a Vetting Officer is to conduct background investigations, and interview nominated government employees and their referees in order to assess suitability to hold a national security clearance.  The outcomes from your work will have a direct impact on the security and well-being of New Zealand. 

To be successful in this role you will need to display excellent judgement, as well as enjoy working collaboratively to solve problems and make decisions. You will also possess the following qualities: 

  • Proven interviewing skills both face to face and by telephone
  • A high level of integrity, trustworthiness and discretion
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to make well researched, informed and open-minded assessments with regard for differing lifestyles, backgrounds and cultures
  • Experience in investigative and analysis work
  • Excellent self-management skills with the ability to be flexible and prioritise in the face of a demanding work load
  • An appreciation for technology and the ability to learn new software
  • Have a valid and clean full New Zealand Driver's Licence for travel within New Zealand

If this sounds like you and you are looking for a fulfilling career where you will be encouraged to excel then we are keen to hear from you. 

*** Please note: you must be available to attend assessment centres at the beginning of May and interviews mid-May in Wellington. If you are not available to attend these this time, please wait until we next advertise these roles before applying.  *** 

As well as interesting work, we also offer a range of benefits including free health insurance and on-site gym and fitness facilities. We also promise you will never have to take work home with you!

A copy of the position description can be found on our website.

Salary range: $68,316 - $102,474.

How to apply

Applications must include a completed application form, a current CV and cover letter.  These should be sent to quoting reference number D2/19/21 in the subject line of the email.  Only completed applications will be progressed.

Please direct any enquiries regarding this role to

To be eligible for employment within the NZIC you must have been a NZ citizen for at least 10 years.  Alternatively you must hold NZ Permanent Residence or hold a current NZ Residency Class Visa and have been a citizen of UK, USA, Canada or Australia for at least 10 years. 

You must be able to obtain and maintain a high level security clearance.  Ordinarily to obtain this level of clearance candidates must have a 15 year checkable background in countries where meaningful and reliable checks can be undertaken.  Where requisite checks are unable to be made, the candidate application may not be able to be progressed.

Applications close Sunday, 31 March 2019.

The NZIC treats all applications for employment in the strictest confidence and we ask that you maintain a similar level of confidentiality.  You are expected to exercise discretion during the recruitment process and throughout your career.

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